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WARRANT FOR MADLOCK: Former four-time batting champion Bill Madlock faces a bench warrant for his arrest in Las Vegas after failing to show up in court on charges he wrote $6,500 in bad checks.

The no-bail warrant was issued when Madlock didn't go to Las Vegas Justice Court on Friday to face the felony charges.Madlock, 44, of Huntington, Conn., faces three charges of drawing and passing checks with insufficient funds at a local casino.

DAMAGED DEION: Two-sport star Deion Sanders, acquired by the San Francisco Giants in a recent trade with the Cincinnati Reds, jammed his left ankle against the fence making a catch and had to be helped from the field Tuesday night in San Diego.

The Giants listed his status as day-to-day.

CHILI REVIEWS: The American League is continuing to gather information on the incident in which Chili Davis struck a fan after being heckled in Milwaukee.

Davis poked a fan in the face after being heckled while kneeling in the on-deck circle Sunday during an Angels' game with the Brewers.

A league spokesman said no course of action will be decided before the end of the week.

DOC READY TO RETURN: Dwight Gooden's agent says the drug-troubled former Cy Young winner is ready to return to baseball, and hopes the commissioner's office agrees.

Bill Goodstein said his client might apply later this week to have his latest drug-related suspension lifted in hopes of pitching in the major leagues before the month ends.

Meanwhile, Darryl Strawberry's return to New York appeared closer, with a club executive saying the slugger could join the Yankees by this weekend.

NO APPEAL: Chicago White Sox manager Terry Bevington dropped the appeal of his four-game suspenison for fighting with Milwaukee manager Phil Garner during a game July 22, the American League announced Tuesday.

Bevington began his suspension Tuesday night when the White Sox played Kansas City in Chicago.

AL president Gene Budig suspended both managers for leaving their benches and wrestling after Milwaukee's Jeff Cirillo and Chicago's Ozzie Guillen exchanged words after a close play at third base.

AL HONORS: California rookie outfielder Garret Anderson and Boston knuckleballer Tim Wakefield won player and pitcher of the month honors for July, the American League announced Tuesday.

Anderson led AL batters by hitting .410 and had seven home runs and 31 RBIs. He scored 22 runs, had a .686 slugging percentage and a .422 on-base percentage.

Wakefield, who spent last season in the minors, went 6-0 with a 1.53 ERA. In 47 innings, he allowed 41 hits, 14 walks and struck out 34.

A PRESIDENT: Baseball owners apparently have hired a business and marketing executive who will have the title of president of major league baseball, according to a published report today.

The New York Times cited sources in and out of baseball as saying Arlen Kantarian will get the position. One source told the paper that he will assume the position in January. Kantarian is the chief operating officer of entertainment and marketing at Radio City Music Hall.

Kantarian did not return calls to The Times seeking comment, and acting commissioner Bud Selig declined comment about the appointment.

Baseball has no plans to hire a commissioner until its labor problems are resolved, The Times said.